2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
7-Gal. Ice Cream Maker Inspired By FARM SHOW
“I had some salvaged stainless steel, and I like to weld. I’ve always had more time than money,” he says.
He made the canister for the ice cream mix out of a 5-gal. bucket-sized piece of pipe. The ice and salt canister is about 3 in. bigger in diameter. It is also taller so it can accommodate the turning mechanism. A sheet of insulating foam is secured around the outside of the ice canister.
Peterson fashioned the scraper paddles out of UHMW poly and mounted them to a stainless steel framework that rides inside the inner canister. It is turned by a spider gear from a Ford rear end that is mounted to the outer canister.
The ice cream maker is mounted to and powered by a 1970 Ford lawn mower with a side shaft. It rests on a steel platform mounted to the front of the mower.
Peterson ran a belt from the side shaft to an inline 12-in. pulley mounted to a jackshaft. A 2-in. pulley on the opposite end of the jackshaft drives a 24-in. pulley on the spider gear. The increasing size of the pulleys reduces the shaft speed significantly.
“I would like to get it even slower, but I don’t have room for bigger pulleys,” says Peterson. “As it is, I run the mower at idle when making ice cream.”
The ice cream maker gets used 4 or 5 times a year at family reunions and special events, like church and a special needs group gatherings.
“I can make about 7 gal. at a time,” says Peterson. “I buy a mix from Wal-Mart and add it to 3 gal. of milk and 2 gal. of cream.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Peterson, 827 W 400 S, Heyburn, Idaho 83336 (ph 208 431-7363).
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